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Sen. Manchin says Democrats 'should' reach a deal on Biden's 'human infrastructure' plan this week

Added 10-25-21 04:17:02pm EST - “Democrats will likely have a framework for a deal on President Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar reconciliation bill this week, according to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who spent the weekend at the president's residence in Delaware…” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “Sen. Manchin says Democrats 'should' reach a deal on Biden's 'human infrastructure' plan this week”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Democrats will likely have a framework for a deal on President Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar reconciliation bill this week, according to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who spent the weekend at the president's residence in Delaware to hammer out a compromise with Democratic leadership.

"Having it finished with all the t's and the i's and everything you know crossed and dotted that will be difficult from the Senate side because we have an awful lot of text to go through, but as far as conceptually we should, I really believe," Manchin said Monday.

If Democrats reach a deal this week, and Manchin says they "should," that would allow the House to finally advance a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which progressive lawmakers have so far refused to support without an agreement in the Senate to pass the larger spending bill.

Democrats had proposed a $3.5 trillion spending bill to fund the Biden economic agenda, which originally included free two-year community college, paid family leave, universal pre-K education, elderly home care, Medicare and Medicaid expansion, and a host of climate policies supported by progressives. But with inflation rising to record levels, Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) objected to spending that much money so soon after Congress passed several multitrillion-dollar coronavirus relief packages.

With a 50-50 Senate majority, Democrats need every member of their party to vote for the spending bill in order to pass it via budget reconciliation. By using their votes as leverage, the two moderate Democrats have forced Biden to compromise down to a spending bill that will cost somewhere around $2 trillion, ditching free college tuition and other programs. But a final deal remains elusive. Manchin has said the bill should cost no more than $1.5 trillion.

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